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Old 01-06-2009, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default I need to make my 4870s smaller.

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I want to get a dedicated audio card, however I don't have any free PCI slots as my 4870 covers the free PCI slot. I need to get an after-market single-slot heat sink that's as small as possible such that I can fit a DAC in beneath the bottom card...anyone have suggestions? Unless I get a PCI Express x1 audio card which I can plug in where my onboard card is (for some reason they made it external....). Thing is, there are relatively few PCI Express x1 audio cards...if you guys know any good ones, please tell me about them...otherwise I'll get just a smaller heat sink. I was considering a USB card...but I'd much rather have it be internal.
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Default Re: I need to make my 4870s smaller.

Do you absolutely need an extra 4870?

Nice setup btw :]
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:42 AM   #3
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Default Re: I need to make my 4870s smaller.

I'm trying to do the same thing but with 2 GTX 260's. All I need is a more powerful power supply and another GTX 260 haha.
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: I need to make my 4870s smaller.

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Do you absolutely need an extra 4870?

Nice setup btw :]
Yes ;_;

Otherwise I don't get to experience Crysis in all it's 1920x1200 glory

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I'm trying to do the same thing but with 2 GTX 260's. All I need is a more powerful power supply and another GTX 260 haha.
...your computer is going to sound more and more like a jet.

I cranked my 4870s both to 100% fan speed...and it sounds just like a jet...it's ridiculously loud.


...Anyway...back to audio!
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Default Re: I need to make my 4870s smaller.

My 260 stays at 60% at all times. It's not even audible. The loudest fan in my case is coming from my power supply. It's dead quite when I use my other power supply. Can you post a link from newegg for your motherboard?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=PCI%20Express
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Default Re: I need to make my 4870s smaller.

What about getting an amazing headset? :P
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My 260 stays at 60% at all times. It's not even audible. The loudest fan in my case is coming from my power supply. It's dead quite when I use my other power supply. Can you post a link from newegg for your motherboard?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=PCI%20Express
I saw that list of audio cards...I asked about them on a hi-fi forum. There's just a lot more PCI cards...so I'll wait and see if they have anything good to say about them....I may need to make room for a PCI card simply due to the limited selection of PCI Expressx1 cards.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...page%20formula

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What about getting an amazing headset? :P
I just purchased Sennhesier HD595s. However, audio is only as good as it's weakest link, so that's why I want to get a better audio card...as I just got better headphones.
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Default Re: I need to make my 4870s smaller.

I've heard good things about the Asus Xonar's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
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I've heard good things about the Asus Xonar's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
I saw that...I'm asking about it now on a different forum full of crazy audiophiles. o.O

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Default Re: I need to make my 4870s smaller.

If you have the funds, I guess you can liquid cool your 4870s, that might creat enough space...
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